Roster move: While Senzel never went on the injured list, Moustakas did, and when he came off the injured list, the Reds made room by optioning catcher Tyler Stephenson, who will rejoin the players practicing at Prasco Park in Mason.
First start: Tucker Barnhart returned from the paternity list Tuesday and earned his start Wednesday. Casali started the first five games of the season at catcher and hit two home runs.
“I think my body feels as good as I would expect it to feel,” Casali said. “Five in a row is the most I’ve ever caught — minor leagues or major leagues. It’s kind of cool to think about. But I’ll be the first one to tell you I’m really excited to see Tucker back. I even missed him being in our little catcher’s corner over there, just talking and doing scouting reports and joking around.”
Struggles continue: The Reds suffered their fourth straight loss Tuesday, falling 8-5 to the Cubs in the second game of the series. The Cubs scored in each of the last six innings. Five of the six Reds pitchers to appear in the game gave up at least one run.
Reliever Michael Lorenzen made his third appearance of the season, allowing two earned runs in one inning. He has allowed one home run each of his appearance.
Looking ahead: The Reds and Cubs finish the series at 6:10 p.m. Thursday. Luis Castillo will make his second start of the season for the Reds, while Yu Darvish will start for the Cubs.
The Reds start their first road series of the season Friday in Detroit.